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A new Copernican revolution
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7/12/2013 10:48:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
This scholar points out Science loses its privileged place at the centre of the universe as a privileged knower- we now have a new Copernican revolution
Man can not know the universe as his language used to know it only falsifies the universe. This results in the death of man i.e. the death of asserting a privileged observer of the universe.
All we have is an endless free play of words trying to capture the universe but all these words are man"s own creation which in fact falsifies the universe. With the decentring of man from the universe we have no guaranteed facts or interpretations which are authoritive since the words we use for these facts or interpretations only falsify the referents. The universe is now seen as being that which is produced by man via his culturally arbitrary conventional systems of signs i.e. language.
As Zajak notes "particles and waves are macroscopic concepts which gradually lose their relevance as we approach the submicroscopic domain.H.Zajak,. Optics, Addison Wesly Publishing Company, New York., P. 449
The very words physicists use to describe reality constrain their knowledge of it and scientists in every field will one day encounter this barrier to human understanding." A. Wick, The Infamous Boundary, Birkhauser, Berlin, 1995 p.39
Bohr said " the role of theory is to predict what we see on the dails of our apparatus they say if the predictions are accurate the theory is god Answering these other questions about what is really going on -is a meaningless excersise." V, Stenger The unconscious Quantum, Prometheus books, 1995, p 10
" [operationalism]To avoid the imprecision"s of ordinary speech [Bridgman] identified the meaning of a concept in terms of the set of operations used to measure it .. He considered the difference between laboratory physics and the cosmology of general relativity to be the difference between science and nonscience." A. Bulock & O Stallybrass & S. Trombley, "Operationalism in The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought, Fontana, 1988, p.609
"Einstein"s famous rejection of the concept of absolute simultaneity on the grounds that the simultaneity of events is always relative to the frame of reference of the observer, who is assessing it, is operationalism in spirit." P, Barry, Beginning theory, Manchester university press, 2002 p 113